Dear Visitors,

As you make plans this summer with family and friends, add the New York State Museum to your to-do list. We are offering a variety of fun, family programs to keep kids engaged this summer and new exhibitions are open highlighting our state’s history from the Dutch settling here in the 1600s to the opening of the Erie Canal.

During your next visit, visit these new exhibitions:

Whether for rainy days or crazy-hot days, kids and families can come to the Museum to learn and explore all summer long. In addition to scheduled programs listed on our Programs page, additional programs designed to spark curiosity and creativity and engage the whole family will "pop-up" throughout the Museum. Call our front desk (518.474.5877) in advance to see if the Museum is offering a special program the day of your visit. Programs will change regularly throughout the summer so make sure to come back for more. Enjoy anything from sharks to suffrage, the Erie Canal to eurypterids, from sediment to the stars!

If you’re looking for something to listen to at the beach or on your next road trip, download an episode from our new podcast series, “A New York Minute in History”. Hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman of Mysteries at the Museum on Travel Channel, this podcast series provides a rich audio experience that explores the story of New York State and the unique tales of New Yorkers.

As always, Museum scientists and historians continue to conduct fascinating research. Check our Research and Collections webpage to learn more about what our scientists and historians have been working on. 

I’ll see you at the Museum.

Mark Schaming

Director, New York State Museum

Contact the Director's Office: Email museuminfo@nysed.gov or call 518-474-5812. 

Mark Schaming, Museum Director